Britain a ‘nation of hoarders’ clutter survey finds

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Britain has been exposed as a nation of hoarders in a survey into household clutter.

The average Brit owns 58 items of clothing, but only wears a third of his or her wardrobe regularly.

The average woman owns 69 items of clothing, made up of 33 tops, eight jackets, 11 pairs of trousers and 17 pairs of shoes worth £542.

Men own an average of 47 items including 23 tops, six jackets, 10 pairs of trousers and eight pairs of shoes with a value of £453.

But with clothing making up 62% of Christmas presents, Britain’s wardrobes are set to be more cluttered than ever.

A survey of 2,000 people by Storefirst.com revealed that householders are reluctant to throw away clothes even if they are not worn regularly.

Surprisingly, the stats show that men are the biggest hoarders, with only 51% of those asked willing to donate, sell or throw pieces of clothing away each year.

This compares to 62% of women. However those surveyed claimed to buy an average of 16 new items a year but only throw out 13 items during the same period, further adding to the clutter problem.

Survey spokesman Oliver Kitson, said: “Thanks to the rise of the wear-it-once-culture, encouraged by celebs across the world, women are often throwing out decent items of clothing.

“Men, however, appear to be hanging onto to clothes for longer, even though their wardrobe is smaller.

“So many clothes are left languishing in wardrobes unworn. With Christmas round the corner, why not tackle your bulging wardrobe and donate your unwanted items before the new year.”